About Us



President/CEO/Executive Director

Mary Haag is a registered nurse and certified prevention specialist with over 15 years of achievement in substance abuse prevention, coalition building and non-profit management. Haag currently serves as President/CEO/Executive Director for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. She also serves as President of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and as a coach/mentor for the National School for Prevention Leadership. Mary participates with various regional, state, and national conferences, task forces, and think tanks. 

Nicole Schiesler, M.Ed., CHES, OCPS II

Director of Coalition Strategies 

Nicole Schiesler serves as the Director of Coalition Strategies.  In this role, she oversees all prevention strategies that are implemented through the Coalition's three strategic pathways, Prevention Research, Local Coalition Development, and Prevention Action.  Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Community Health from Ohio University and a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Cincinnati (UC).  Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the substance abuse prevention field.  She is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and an Ohio certified prevention specialist (OCPS II).  Nicole represents the Coalition in the community by serving on the Program Advisory Committee through the Health Promotion and Education Program at the University of Cincinnati.  At the state level, Nicole represents the Coalition by serving as the co-chair for the Prevention Drug Abuse Action Group, a workgroup of the Ohio Department of Health.

Amanda Conn Starner, BA, OCPS I

Local Coalition Development Manager

Amanda Conn Starner is CDFGC’s Local Coalition Development Manager.  She is responsible for building, growing and sustaining drug prevention coalitions in Greater Cincinnati. She previously served as the Community Coordinator/Communications Coordinator for CDFGC. Conn-Starner worked for the public sector for several years including serving as a member of senior staff at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Senate. She began her professional career as a journalist including winning an Emmy Award. Conn-Starner graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and a Journalism Writing Certificate.  In March 2012, she obtained a Marketing Strategy Certificate from Cornell University’s online program.  Amanda has graduated from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Coalition Academy.  She received her Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I certification in June 2013. 

Kris Kalin M.B.A.

Development Coordinator

Kris Kalin is the Coalition's Development Coordinator.  He has a wide range of duties that include coordination of the Annual Fund, special events, and other fundraising activities for the Coalition. Kris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The College of Mount St. Joseph, and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University. 

Laura Allen, BS

Community Coordinator

Laura Allen is CDFGC’s Community Coordinator.  She is responsible for building, strengthening and supporting substance abuse prevention programs, partnerships, and coalitions in the greater Cincinnati region. Laura has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education, with a focus on Community Health from the University of Cincinnati.  She is on the Local Coalition Development Committee, and is also a member of Ohio’s Society for Public Health Education.